City closes downtown plaza after parking deemed unsafe

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The city of Indianapolis has closed a major downtown plaza and part of a parking garage below it near the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium.

The city's Department of Code Enforcement said Wednesday night that the structural integrity of the parking facility below Pan Am Plaza posed an immediate risk to life, safety and property. It says the plaza adjacent to Union Station will be closed until further notice and parking in the garage will be restricted.

The department says the action doesn't affect the Pan Am Plaza Office Building or skating facilities.

The plaza was the centerpiece for the 1987 Pan American Games held in Indianapolis and has hosted public events since then.


  • Not a bad idea
    It is prime real estate, time for a residential condo tower, or that other hotel to compete with the JW Marriott.
  • superbowl
    How is a city going to fix this in time to prevent 500k + people from stomping over it and collapsing the entire thing?
  • Chicago Style Shakedown
    Sounds like a power play to get the garage owner that is holding out on developing Pan Am Plaza to sell.

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